Chain lube. Some riders obsess over it, others couldn’t care less. Whatever your attitude your bike needs it. It protects and lubricates your chain, which is converting your precious energy into forward motion. So look after it! We have three lubricants from Rock N Roll and will be trying them out over the winter.
Rock N Roll works slightly differently from your standard lubricant in that it’s a cleaner and a lube. The lubricant is mixed with a solvent based cleaner – they need to be shake up before applying. When applied to a moving chain, the solvent works its way down between the links, shifting any gunk. The lubricant is left behind as the dirt ‘floats’ to the surface.
The application method requires you to really let it flow while turning the pedals. No dripping on, link by link here. Rock N Roll really want you to let it flood the chain, cleaning out any dirt. Once the chain is coated, you keep rotating the cranks to work the product through, then it’s time to get wiping. In their own words “keep in mind, you can’t wipe off the chain too much, so make that chain shine!” wise words. They also recommend wiping down the chain after every ride to keep it looking clean.
Once your chain is ready Rock N Roll say for best results to leave it a few hours to cure; or maybe lube the night before. This gives the lube a chance to set and extends its useful life by allowing the protective membrane to fully set-up.
Our first lube is the Extreme LV formulation. This is their designated Mtb lube and is for “rain, slop and dust, this stuff is a must. When the going gets tough this is the stuff keeps your drive-train clean quiet and super smooth”. Who am I to argue with that? I’ll be using it on my ‘cross bike and see how it handles the slop.
Next up is the weirdly named Holy Cow! Holy Cow is a Rock N Roll’s latest lube. It is a wet lube and doesn’t have the same solvent base to it. Rock N Roll claim it is cleaner than most dry lubes despite being wet. Although muck will stick to it, they say this can easily be wiped away.
Last up is Gold LV, this is a do-it-all product, being suitable for road and Mtb chains. It uses the same solvent base as Extreme LV, so cleans as it lubes, but is presumably a little lighter for road and dry off road duties?
The Rock N Roll range includes a host of greases, cleaners and nipple creams! Check out their website to see the whole range. In the meantime I’ll be merrily lubing away and will let you know how I get on.